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Bail ruling for the three men accused for the murder of one Baboloki Borman on the 30th November 2023 has been set for next week Tuesday, and the trio has since been further remanded in custody.
The accused persons, Current Phuthego (35), Thato Otsetswe (34) and Lebonetse Motupo (47) are alleged to have on that fateful day got involved into a fatal altercation which was allegedly sparked by a long- standing dispute between a landlord and the deceased who was the tenant.
The state prosecution has recently pleaded with the Maun Principal Magistrate, Gofaone Mosweu for the accused persons to be remanded in custody as investigations are still at an initial stage. She requested for the state to be given ample time to collect statements from witnesses, arguing that releasing them before the statements were collected may negatively affect the investigations.
Pleading for bail, the first accused person, (Phuthego) claimed that he is the bread winner for his family hence his remand will mean there will be no one to financially assist. He further told court that his girlfriend who he also takes care of is expecting.
The second accused person, (Otsetswe) pleaded to be granted bail noting that he has recently secured a new taxi driving job which may he lose should he be remanded. He also prayed to court that he is the sole care taker of his children. The third accused person (Motupo) opted to remain silent.
In an interview, Maun Police’s Assistant Superintendent Kgakgamatso Koboyatshwene, disclosed that the root cause of the incident was an alleged financial disagreement between a 41-year-old woman acting as the landlord and the deceased who was a tenant residing within the premises in Mabudutsana ward.
He revealed that the tenant(deceased) reportedly failed to meet rental payment obligations, prompting the landlord to lock the living quarters and depart for work. According to Koboyatshwene, the landlord received reports while working at a certain liquor restaurant that the deceased was reportedly attempting to forcibly access his locked rental home.
Seeking aid, Koboyatshwene revealed that the woman allegedly rallied a group of bar patrons to assist her in dealing with the agitated tenant (deceased). Upon arrival at the premises accompanied by the suspects, an altercation ensued between the group and the tenant, leading to grave physical harm inflicted upon the tenant (deceased).
Koboyatshwene stated that the police were called for intervention at11 pm, and Borman was rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival.